Shreveport Failure to Yield Accident Lawyer
You have likely suffered very serious injuries from your failure-to-yield accident. When another driver fails to respect your right of way, the damage can be catastrophic. Whether you were a pedestrian, bicyclist, or even in another car, the defendant's negligence should make them responsible for the accident. You should not be stuck with the costs when the accident was not your fault.
Many drivers fail to yield because they are distracted or simply careless. Others are speeding or engaging in other reckless activities. You deserve an investigation of your case to determine how the accident occurred and who is to blame.
A qualified Shreveport failure-to-yield accident lawyer can help you fight for your rights to compensation. You may be entitled to substantial compensation following a successful car accident case. Let our firm represent you.
What is Failure to Yield?
A failure to yield occurs when a person violates your right of way. It means that they were supposed to let you go first but they tried to go first instead. Yielding is an essential part of safe driving but it is one that many negligent drivers violate. It is an important protection to keep you and others safe. When another driver breaks the rules governing right of way, they are considered negligent and should be financially responsible for their actions.
For example, Louisiana Revised Statutes § 122 requires the driver within an intersection intending to turn left to yield the right of way to all others approaching from the opposite direction. This is a common scenario in which the other driver violates your right of way, turning left into your car. The damage can be devastating—especially when traveling at high speeds.
Other common examples of failure to yield include, but are not limited to:
- Four-way stops
- Illegal turns in roundabouts
- Entering others' blind spots
- While entering a highway or street
- Failing to yield to school buses picking up children
- While in construction zones
- Running a red light
- Passing emergency vehicles
These and many other situations may have played a part in your failure-to-yield accident. A dedicated failure-to-yield accident attorney in Shreveport knows how to pursue financial compensation for you.
Reasons Drivers Fail to Yield
Drivers often fail to yield when they are supposed to do so. Negligence can occur for several reasons, such as:
- Intoxication. Drunk or drugged drivers cannot make safe and intelligent decisions. Their inebriation makes them likely to forget when to yield or not to unsubscribe notice oncoming traffic. They may even be aggressive and choose to violate your right of way. Either situation is serious and can lead to a dangerous car accident.
- Exhaustion. Many drivers are simply tired when they get behind the wheel. A tired driver often exhibits the same slow reaction and perception problems as drunk drivers. The person may even fall asleep while behind the wheel. Exhaustion is especially common in commercial truck driving accidents. Often the driver's employer forces the driver to work long hours and this leads to the accident.
- Aggressive Driving. Aggressive driving, also known as "road rage,” can lead to purposeful violations of your right of way. When an aggressive driver fails to yield, the result may be a major impact leading to injuries.
- Distracted Drivers. Distracted driving continues to be a common cause of failure-to-yield accidents. People are more focused on their phones and apps than on driving safely. These and other distractions take a person's eyes off the road and their mind off safe driving.
- Teen Drivers. Young drivers are often inexperienced when it comes to knowing the rules of the road. This is especially true when what they may be accustomed to as normal suddenly changes, as for example, when a traffic light goes out. Teens are especially likely to violate failure-to-yield rules because they are not yet fully familiar with them. Their negligence could be the reason you were harmed.
Whatever reason is behind the failure to yield, failure-to-yield accident lawyers in Shreveport are ready to pursue your claim.
Proving a Failure-to-Yield Claim in Shreveport
You must prove that the other driver's negligence caused your failure-to-yield accident. You do not have to do it alone. The legal process is complicated and proving a personal injury claim can seem daunting for a non-lawyer. Instead, skilled attorneys can do this work on your behalf and seek the best possible outcome in your case. To prove negligence in a failure to yield case, we are able to:
- Conduct an investigation. An investigation of the case identifies how the accident occurred, when it occurred, and who was at fault. The investigation will involve the attorneys, you, potential experts, and more.
- Review evidence. An attorney can assess the evidence offered in witness statements, police reports, photographs, and insurance documents, among other sources.
- Research the law. A qualified attorney will examine statutory and case law to determine the best strategy for proving your case.
Compensation After Proving Your Claim
A successfully proven failure-to-yield claim may win you financial compensation such as:
- Past and future medical costs
- Costs of rehabilitation
- Property damages
- Lost income and earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Wrongful death damages
These forms of monetary compensation can help you get back on your feet and repair the damage the other driver has done. You deserve to seek compensation after suffering serious injuries.
Speak to a Failure-to-Yield Accident Attorney in Shreveport Right Away
Failure to yield is a common but very serious situation. It has likely caused you severe injuries. You deserve to hold the negligent defendant legally responsible for the harm they have caused. At Morris & Dewitt Injury Lawyers, we take a fearless and strategic approach to fighting for compensation. We know how to win when it matters the most. We can go up against another driver, large insurance companies, and even massive corporations to fight for you.
Our attorneys are recognized as top car accident attorneys in Shreveport. You can trust us for client-focused advocacy and exceptional work.
Call 888-492-5532 or email us for a free, confidential consultation 24/7
A dedicated Shreveport failure-to-yield accident lawyer is ready to put it on the line for you. Let us help you seek the compensation you deserve.